Investigation into Bill Murray prompts suspension of Aziz Ansari’s directorial debut ‘Being Mortal’

Production has been suspended on “Being Mortal,” which would have been the directorial feature debut of Aziz Ansari.

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Variety reported that a letter was sent to the cast and crew that the film had been suspended as Searchlight Pictures investigated a complaint.

“We are truly grateful to all of you for everything you’ve put into this project. Our hope is to resume production and [we] are working with Aziz and [producer Youree Henley] to figure out that timing,” the letter stated, according to Variety. “Production will be in touch with you to share details on the wrap, and we will let you know as soon as we have more information to share.”

Deadline reported that the complaint was made against Bill Murray for inappropriate behavior, but it is not known what he is accused of doing.

The Hollywood Reporter also confirmed that the complaint was against Murray.

Neither Ansari nor co-star Seth Rogen was part of the complaint.

Searchlight told Deadline that it does not comment on investigations.

“Being Mortal” was announced in February with principal photography starting in March, and was about halfway through production, Variety reported. The film, which is based on Atul Gawande’s nonfiction book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” had been scheduled to be released in 2023.

This isn’t the first time Murray’s behavior has been called into question.

In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Richard Dreyfuss alleged that Murray, who Dreyfus said was intoxicated at the time, threw an ashtray at his head while they were working on “What About Bob?”

The film’s producer, Laura Ziskin, said Murray threw her into a lake, threatened her and broke her sunglasses, Yahoo Entertainment reported.

Director McG said Murray head-butted him while filming “Charlie’s Angels,” which Murray denied.

“Charlie’s Angels” co-star Lucy Liu said Murray directed “inexcusable and unacceptable” insults at her, Yahoo Entertainment reported.